Nothing ever goes as planned. Sure, there is the rare occasion when you may schedule a short meeting, type out a quick agenda and manage to stick to it, wrapping up the meeting on time, walking away with your list of action items. Goal accomplished. But, I think we would all agree, those instances are rare.
Probably our first example of plans going awry happened somewhere between toddlerhood and kindergarten. But as we entered adulthood, we still hadn't learned our lessons. I remember uttering something like "I plan to graduate from college, get married, have two kids, get my master's and secure a high-profile creative position by the time I'm 30." I got my college diploma before I was 30, but other than that the plan took on a life of its own. That's not to say I didn't accomplish important goals--I did. But over time, what became important changed. And naturally, albeit with some resistance at times, I adjusted.